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05.04.2004 Football News

Herbert Addo to lead Faisal to Africa

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Accra, April 5, GNA - Coach Herbert Addo, former head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak is set to lead Kumasi based premier club, King Faisal in their Confederation Cup campaign which begins in Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Coach Addo's surprise move will see him on the touch line when Alhaji Grunsah's lads play for the first time on the continental level as they square off with Power Dynamos of Zimbabwe in the in the Confederation Cup Competition.

Information gathered by the GNA Sports indicates that the coach who is yet to seal any contract with this years' Coca Cola Top Four Champions will possibly conclude a deal when they return from the assignment.

Information gathered however can confirm that the coach's future will largely depend on his performance in the crucial tie and it is believed though that Faisal are not in a haste to rush the coach into any contractual agreement.

Coach Addo is expected to fill the void left by coach Hans Dieter Schimdt, Faisal's German coach who resigned from the club a couple of weeks ago citing the management's inability to pay his wages.

Coach Schimdt whose contract with the club runs out in 2005 told the GNA Sports before departure about his willingness to return and solve the problem with the club at the appropriate time.

Whilst the German guided Faisal to annex her first major trophy earlier this year since they entered the premiership in 1995, coach Addo on the order hand received the boot from the Phobians who cited the club's poor performance in the same championship as their strong point of disposing of his services.

Coach Addo as well as Schimdth were linked with a possible move to the camp of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, an attempt which sparked criticism from the Hearts fraternity days before and after his sack.

The coach who is credited for taking the first Ghanaian club to the final stage of the Confederation of African Football Championship whilst with Obuasi Goldfields chalked further success when he won the league for Hearts in his maiden year and placed second behind Kotoko in the 2003 Kinapharma Premier League.

Coach Addo also made history during the last football season by emerging as the coach who led a team to emerge as the only unbeaten club in the last season when his team drew thirteen matches and won 17 games.

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